Webster's IRB Now Federally Registered

Jul. 18, 2016

Webster’s IRB Now Federally Registered

Provost Julian Schuster announced that Webster’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) is now registered with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and has obtained a federal-wide assurance (FWA) approved by the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). Faculty and staff across Webster’s global network will now be eligible to compete for federal money to support academic research and other initiatives.
 
Registration was made possible through the collaborative work of a team of faculty majors who revised policies, procedures, and documents to more closely align Webster’s IRB with established best practices for ethical research: Mary Preuss (Biological Sciences), Eric Goedereis (Psychology), Brenda Boyce (Math & Computer Science) and Tim Ryan (Audio Aesthetics & Technology).
 
“These efforts align with our strategic plan and are designed to attract new faculty, raise the visibility and reputation of Webster, attract students interested in research, and – importantly – make Webster University a contender for federal grants,” said Julian Schuster, provost, senior vice president, and chief operating officer.
 
Faculty, staff, and students who conduct (or are interested in conducting) research with human subjects should review in detail the new policies and procedures at webster.edu/irb. Faculty who teach courses which require human subjects research should review the changes, as they are likely to impact the courses.  Among the new requirements is a mandatory online training.
 
Additional communication, including strengthened policies on research misconduct and/or noncompliance, will come from the IRB in the fall semester.
 
Contact the IRB at irb@webster.edu with any questions.

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